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A course in mathematical modeling / Douglas D. Mooney and Randall J. Swift

Auteur principal : Mooney, Douglas D., AuteurCo-auteur : Swift, Randall J., AuteurType de document : MonographieLangue : anglais.Pays : Etats Unis.Éditeur : Washington, D.C. : Mathematical Association of America, 1999Description : 1 vol. (XX-431 p.) : fig. ; 26 cmISBN : 088385712X.Bibliographie : Bibliogr.: p. 423-426. Index.Sujet MSC : 00A71, General and miscellaneous specific topics, General theory of mathematical modeling
92B05, Mathematical biology in general, General biology and biomathematics
00A06, General and miscellaneous specific topics, Mathematics for nonmathematicians (engineering, social sciences, etc.)
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The book under review is a textbook for courses in mathematical modelling for undergraduate students. It is not meant to be a textbook on models, i.e. a book in which a (large) number of ready-made models are presented to the reader, but on the processes of modelling. This almost introduces (as the authors themselves indicate) a contradiction in terms, because it is very difficult to present these processes (by definition of a dynamic nature) within the static framework of a textbook. However, this contradiction is softened by numerous references to and deliberations on individual steps in the modelling process, and by continual discussion of what happens and why in each of these steps. Moreover, a very large number of examples, exercises, and recommended modelling projects also serve to emphasise the dynamic intentions with the book. (Zentralblatt)

Bibliogr.: p. 423-426. Index

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